Sensorium Therapeutics hiring Bioinformatics Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

We are seeking a Bioinformatics Scientist to partner with some of the world’s leading researchers from Harvard and MGH in the naturals space to develop a platform for a novel set of therapies to improve mental health. You will report directly to our Vice President of Scientific Strategy and Operations working with a team of scientists in our laboratory. This position is a hybrid position, working both virtually and onsite in the laboratory when required.

As a key member of the Biodynamic Discovery Platform©, you will design, build, and implement computational tools and databases to support Sensorium’s cutting-edge research activities. You will also develop and/or implement bioinformatics resources applied to large datasets including from transcriptomics, proteomics, and high-content microscopy (among others).

This role works closely with our laboratory research team on their daily science and with our Executive Scientific team to build a Psych-Graph©, a knowledge graph designed to support machine learning and artificial intelligence applications.

You must be highly self-motivated, always professional, and able to prioritize your workload in a fast-paced, start-up environment. Things change fast and frequently here, so we need someone at the top of their game who can shift gears, change directions, and keep going at pace. You must be a smart, strategic thinker and a tactical executer with strong attention to detail.

In this role, you will:

  • Lead projects efficiently from initiation through completion, with a high standard and careful attention to detail.
  • Develop bioinformatics pipelines to identify targets for novel therapeutic development.
  • Maintain primary responsibility for the design, build, and implementation of computational tools and databases to support Sensorium research activities.
  • Support the research team using machine learning and artificial intelligence strategies.
  • As appropriate, develop and/or implement bioinformatics resources applied to large datasets including from transcriptomics, proteomics, and high-content microscopy (among others).
  • Collaborate with scientists to design, analyze and interpret biological experiments.
  • Leverage publicly available assay data to help build a “neuro-natural graph”
  • Experience with Data visualization platforms, network graphing and visualization
  • Biological and chemical data sets
  • Image quantification methods
  • Maintain accountability for timeline management and deadlines.
  • Communicate progress effectively to team members in a cross-disciplinary environment and gather scientific input from key stakeholders
  • Actively facilitate a focused, team-oriented atmosphere by providing assistance and/or guidance to colleagues when needed.
  • Support senior leadership and other team members in preparing presentation materials.
  • Maintain high standards of research integrity and rigor.
  • No direct staff supervision responsibilities initially though opportunities to team build will exist.

Professional qualifications include:

  • To qualify you must have a BSc or MSc in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, or a related data science field.
  • Applicants with at least 3 years experience in the biotechnology or related industries are preferred.
  • Proven experience in developing and optimizing code for complex problems requiring integration of multiple data sources.
  • Proven experience with Python, Perl, R, Java, Unix/Linux operating systems, and shell scripting.
  • Additional experience with standard genomics tools for high-throughput sequencing data analysis, experience with markup languages such as HTML is desirable.
  • Ability to develop GUI-based tools or apps to facilitate the use of software among the larger scientific team.
  • Ability to work independently while collaborating and assisting the team in its common research goals.
  • Proven ability to articulate, communicate and implement solutions in a multi-member group.
  • Able to participate productively in discussions with colleagues at all levels and across disciplines.
  • Flexibility to rapidly adapt to changing project priorities and conduct multiple project tasks efficiently.

If you’re a creative, rigorous, self-motivated scientist with an interest in research and passion to develop novel therapeutics, particularly for brain diseases, this is an excellent opportunity to join a company that’s growing fast and making a difference. You must be:

  • Driven by curiosity and desire to make a difference, enthusiastic and goal-oriented.
  • Independent and self-motivated, highly organized, accountable and reliable.
  • Collaborative and team-oriented; open-minded, creative; self-aware and possessing excellent communication skills.
  • Able to see the big picture clearly and understand the long-term goals of the business.
  • Friendly and professional in demeanor, with exceptional interpersonal skills and a great sense of humor.
  • Excited about change as an invitation to stretch and grow.
  • Able to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
  • Someone who enjoys opportunities to pitch in and help when necessary, even if it means shuffling your own priorities on the fly (again) and stepping outside your job description.

About Sensorium:

Sensorium is dedicated to enhancing mental well-being and improving the human experience. We are rapidly developing a novel category of ethnobotanically-derived drug candidates for the treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders. Founded by leading thinkers in the space coming from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard, we have built a proprietary product platform to support the development of first-in-class therapeutics using cutting-edge human stem cell-based disease modeling, machine learning, and translational neuroscience. We are in this to make a difference. If this is an area of science that you also feel passionate about, we’d love to meet you.

Sensorium provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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